I am worried about the state of politics in the US (and elsewhere as well). It appears to me that our two political parties, Republicans and Democrats, have over the past several decades become more and more negative and contentious towards each other to the point of there being far too much shouting and not nearly enough listening. And they have definitely forgotten the fact that it’s about the wellbeing of the people and the country, not their candidate being reelected or their favorite pork-filled bill.
I read a recent article that one solution is to introduce a Third Party to offer an alternative to our current two parties that seem so much alike in their anger and self-centered behavior.
After over 35 years of consulting in the field of turnarounds and organization effectiveness my conclusion is that structural change (think a reorganization) and policy changes cannot make up for a lack of leadership. The only way to achieve sustainable organization effectiveness is to have courageous and selfless leaders at all levels who will make decisions in the best interests of the customer, not their own bank accounts or their own business functions. And with that kind of leadership behavior, employees become inspired and accountable and markets take notice.
I know there are courageous and experienced leaders out there. They are in all disciplines, public and private and they are effective. So my question is: why aren’t they running for office and making a difference? Why do we seem to be fielding self-centered politicians who seem focused on doing whatever it takes to get reelected? Leadership is not about pleasing everyone, that’s impossible, and it’s not always about minimizing pain and upset. Real political leadership is about building a sustainable future by making real choices today.
And we can’t have just one leader from one party. This country, like many companies, is incredibly complex and the solutions are beyond one charismatic and courageous individual. We all need to step up to our full leadership responsibilities and work together as one United States of America.
“I fear, gentlemen, that unless we hang together we will surely all hang together.” Benjamin Franklin
Tight Lines . . .